Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612


Mon – Thurs:

9:00am - 8:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 4:00pm

PH:  570-675-1182

FAX:  570-674-5863


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Media Sale Donations Needed


Are you getting an early start on your Spring cleaning? The library is accepting donations of DVDs, CDs, VHS, vinyl records, sports memorabilia, posters, and collectibles!


Items can be dropped off any time the library’s open. Just come in to the front desk to let the staff know you have items to donate.

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Check Out Kanopy!


Kanopy is a free on demand streaming video platform for libraries that offers films, TV shows, documentaries, and kids content. To access their diverse collection of over 30,000 films, all you need is your library card. Go to the Kanopy page at left to get started today!

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Check Out Creativebug! has thousands of award winning arts & crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts, crafters, and artists. You can browse through video classes in drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, quilting, jewelry making, and more. Creativebug provides ideas and expert guidance for all levels.

Go to the Creativebug page at left for more information and links to get started!

October 12, 1945 Library Opening

Check out the history of the Back Mountain Memorial Library on our newest page!

Click here or on the Library History page at left to discover the story of the Library; one of almost 80 years of service and generous community support.

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The Library Jigsaw Puzzle Table


Stop in to try the Library’s jigsaw puzzle table! There will be a puzzle available in the Reading Room for you to put in a few pieces, or as many as you like. Check it out on your next visit, but be careful, it may be habit forming!

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Back Mountain Memorial Library New Books


Each month, we will post a list of the newest titles that have been added to our collection.


For February 2024:


Express Loan

The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz

Last Night by Luanne Rice

Missing Persons: A Private Novel by James Patterson

The Secret by Lee Child

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Ghost Orchid by Jonathan Kellerman

Fourteen Days: A Literary Project of The Authors Guild of America Edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston



The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz

Last Night by Luanne Rice

Missing Persons: A Private Novel by James Patterson

First Lie Wins: A Novel by Ashley Elston

Moscow X: A Novel by David McCloskey

Assassin’s Mark by Ward Larsen

Robert B. Parker’s Bad Influence by Alison Gaylin

Weapons of Opportunity: A Novel by Dale Brown

Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Ghost Orchid by Jonathan Kellerman

Fourteen Days: A Literary Project of The Authors Guild of America Edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead: A Novel by Jenny Hollander

Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman



The Night Island by Jayne Ann Krentz

Missing Persons: A Private Novel by James Patterson

Fourteen Days: A Literary Project of The Authors Guild of America Edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston



From Here: A Memoir by Luma Mufleh

Family Style: Memories of An American from Vietnam by Thien Pham

American Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History by Ariel Aberg-Riger

Nigeria Jones by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Salt the Water by Candice Iloh

The Collectors: Stories by A S King

The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: A Speculative Memoir of Transracial Adoption by Shannon Gibney

Gather by Kenneth M Cadow

Yours from the Tower by Sally Nicholls

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The Back Mountain Memorial Library

is pleased to present

this commemorative book

of 75 years of our Annual Auction!


This book is a unique and beautiful window into a part of the history and the community of the Back Mountain. It features a history of the Back Mountain Memorial Library auction with a collection of pictures of the auction throughout the years, images of clippings from the Dallas Post and Sunday Independent, Auction posters, and Sue Hand’s Auction paintings.


You can purchase the commemorative book of “75 Years of Memories” for $10.00 at the library’s front desk.

Display Case

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January/February Display Case


Karen Berlew, of Dallas, will be displaying her collection of The Wizard of Oz ornaments this January and February.


Karen has been collecting these items since 1994 and has over 70 ornaments! She says that The Wizard of Oz is her favorite movie and this began her love of collecting the items. She states that they started to overtake her regular Christmas ornaments on her tree because she has collected so many over the years. Her favorite piece is the Emerald City ornament, which features a light up Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion rotating on a yellow brick road with music that plays We’re Off to See the Wizard.

Art Wall

January/February Art Wall


The Library will be exhibiting the photographs of Krista Patla, of KMN Photography, on the art wall this January and February.


A Dupont native, now residing in Sweet Valley, Krista has been a professional photographer for the past ten years. It runs in the family, her father was also a photographer and this is how she became interested in this type of art. Krista states that she is a free spirited, think outside the box, kind of artist specializing in outdoor photography. Her first love is landscape and nature photos.

Anyone interested in purchasing her work or with questions can find her on Facebook at KMN Photography or by contacting her at 570-690-0684.

Continuing Programs

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Dallas Post Archive 1929-1986


The Dallas Post covers the Back Mountain communities of Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The newspaper was established in 1889 and offers its readers community, church, school, and local sports news.


Click the Dallas Post Archive tab at the left, go to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive at, or click here.

Click on Browse by Title.

Scroll down to the Dallas Post.

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cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca is Here!


Download our eBook service to enjoy books and audiobooks on all your devices! You will need a library card for Luzerne County.

Download the cloudLibrary app from the App Store on your mobile device or computer. Click here for the direct link to choose your app and get started! Once the app is downloaded, and you have your library card, you can set up an account in the app in a few easy steps!

For complete instructions, click on the eBooks & Online Books Page at left.

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cloudLibrary NewsStand

eMagazines Are Here!


Download our eMagazine service, from the Back Mountain Memorial Library and the Luzerne County Library System, to enjoy magazines on all your devices! You will need a library card for Luzerne County.

Check out magazines to download and read online or offline in a variety of languages. Using cloudLibrary NewsStand is as easy as cloudLibrary. Simply go to their website at, or you can download their app onto your device! You can find it in your app store under cloudLibrary NewsStand.

For complete instructions, click on the eBooks & Online Books Page at left.

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If you do not have a library card, you can get one online which will enable you to be able to make use of our Cloud Library, eBooks, and eAudio books. Click here, fill out the form, and submit.


Keep in mind our Back Mountain Businesses. Check their websites, Facebook pages, or call to find out how they can help you with their available services.

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Free Library of Philadelphia


Click here, or on the picture at left, to visit the website for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Its programs, resources, services, eBook, and eAudiobook collection are available to the public at no charge to anyone with a card for their local Pennsylvania library. Once on the website, click on Get a Library Card in the upper right corner of the screen to fill out the online application or print a paper application to mail in.

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“Our New Normal: How Teens are Redefining School Life”


Click the link below to watch this digital special on how teens are redefining school life.


From vax and mask mandates to curriculum protests, students in America are seeking a new normal amid the ongoing chaos created by the pandemic. So how are they doing? Watch “Our New Normal” Hosted by @StudentReportingLabs & featuring @ItsAmnaNawaz.


Produced by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Although the live event has ended, you can watch it in full here.

Events and Fundraisers

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The Giving Evergreen


The "Giving Evergreens" is a sculpture, created by Sanford Werfel, of three evergreen trees with pine needle clusters finished in gold, silver, and copper and hand carved stones.

Adding a pine needle cluster, stone, or tree is a lasting and exceptional way to celebrate, honor, or remember someone who has touched your life!


Click on the picture at left, or the Support the Library page tab, for a Giving Evergreen Engraving Form.

Free Resource Links

Announcement For BookBrowse



Are you looking for a good book, or something similar to one you just finished? Try BookBrowse!


BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers which includes reviews, previews, “read-alike” suggestions, “beyond the book” articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.


It seeks out gems from both established writers and first time authors; novels that whisk you to unfamiliar times and places, thrillers that are more than just page-turners, and thought provoking nonfiction that entertains as it informs.

Each month hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy BookBrowse's extensive free content, and many subscribe to their free newsletters.


Click on the BookBrowse tab to start your adventure today!

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To Renew Items Online:


1) Click on the icon or the Online Catalogue tab at left.

2) You will be directed to a new page. At the upper right corner there is a My Account link. Click on the link.

3) The site will prompt you for your barcode and password. The barcode number is on your card, the default password for all patrons is "CHANGEME." (Once you have logged in you can set the password to one of your choosing.)

4) Click on the Checkouts tab.

5) Click on the box next to the item you want to renew.

6) Click on the Renew button.


(To change your password: In My Account,

click on the Change Pin tab.)

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Please visit the

Children's Room Page

for information about

upcoming events and activities

for children and young adults!

Click on the Friends of the Library's page
for the current Newsletter!